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Learn How to Trace the Roots of Your American Revolutionary Era Ancestors, May 19


CRANFORD, NJ – If you’ve ever wondered whether your ancestors were among the colonists involved in the American Revolution and what was the nature of their participation in the rebellion, you should attend the workshop “Tracing Your American Revolutionary Ancestors:The Fighters and Other Contributors.” Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center, located at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.

“New Jersey has been called ‘the cockpit of the Revolution’ and a significant number of battles and skirmishes were fought right here in Union County and throughout Central Jersey,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Now you can learn how to be a history detective and investigate whether your own family roots go back to the days of Hannah Caldwell, Abraham Clark, Aunt Betty Frazee, and George Washington.”

The May 19th workshop was developed by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in collaboration with the Genealogical Society of the West Fields. Four panelists will cover topics relevant to diverse audiences interested in family history and genealogy.

Elizabeth Youngs, past president of the Genealogical Society of the West Fields, will discuss family history and immigration to the United States. Carolyn Youngs, Regent of the Crane’s Ford Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), will give an overview of how to start a DAR research. Carolyn Peckens, a Creative Memories Consultant, will discuss family history charts and show samples of available archival materials. Patty Campanelli, Registrar of the Crane’s Ford Chapter of the NSDAR, will discuss the best websites available for research. Following their presentations, the speakers will be available to answer questions, including about individual family histories.

Advance registration is requested. A registration fee of $10.00 covers hand-outs and refreshments. To register, request a brochure, or learn more about programs and services contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711. Or E-mail: